Sea-Going Kayak (17' Guillemot)

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Project by APLJaK posted 03-09-2009 01:46 AM 5035 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built from local Red Cedar with Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cypress) highlights. The hull is essentially finished but I still have not finished the fiberglass, joining the hull and final fitting of the boat. I take a lot of flack over this as this has been an ongoing project for a number of years. Shortly after finishing the majority of the stripping of the hull I had my shoulder dislocated. This brought my construction to a screaming halt on this and every other job that I had on the go. Only recently have I been able to return to some light woodworking and only for a very short period of time.

I purchased the book The Strip-Built Sea Kayak by Nick Schade of Guillemot Kayaks and learned how to do lofting. I took the table of offsets for this boat, turned them into CAD files in AutoCAD LT, then sent them to a local drafting supply house to have them plotted out at 1:1 scale. From these, I made the stations from plywood, built a strong back and started building a boat. The cedar was purchased locally as 16’ clear red cedar 2×6’s. I ripped these into 3/4×1/4 strips and put a cove and groove on each using Freud’s purpose built router bit set. This has been a great learning experience and I hope that one day my shoulder improves enough that I can finish the boat and put it to use on the Pacific West Coast!

Completed and launched – finally!

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 01:54 AM

it will be beautiful when finished. I have always wanted to build a kayak but have been put off by the amount of work it takes.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 02:04 AM

Hey Barry,

actually when I look at the Nick Schade’s boats I feel a twinge of envy. I wish my boats looked as nice as his ;-) Thanks for the comments though.

-- APLJaK Woodworking, Okanagan Valley, BC

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 02:04 AM

That is a beauty. That will be well worth the wait. Fantastic details on that , besides the overall masterful work. Almost done, be proud! I’m with Shawn, I’ve wanted to attempt one but I know it would take me forever if at all.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 02:07 AM

Looks great!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 02:14 AM

Very nice! I’m working on a 15’ cedar strip canoe, and it’s nice to see pictures of the finished product, helps keep me motivated! Beautiful kayak.

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#6 posted 03-09-2009 04:58 AM

Very impressive. Your are doing a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Peter Oxley

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 06:28 AM

Oh, it’s going to look so great with glass! I have the plans for the same boat, but haven’t even started building.

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#8 posted 03-09-2009 09:59 AM

Heh… don’t know if I would trust anything I built in the ocean! lol :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 12:12 PM

Awesome looking. I cannot wait to get the canoe done so I can do one of these.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#10 posted 03-09-2009 02:06 PM

Very cool. I retire next week and I am planning to build a rowboat. I hope it looks half as nice as yours!

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Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 03-09-2009 02:34 PM

Great looking Kayak. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 04-21-2009 09:50 PM

Do you still have the autocad file, I bought that book too, with the intention of lofting the boat, but have been dragging my feet. I just bought some northern white cedar, and will try to mix in a little walnut for contrast. I particularly like the design with the offset triangles in the book.
-bhking (at)

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#13 posted 02-08-2010 04:50 AM

How beautiful!

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#14 posted 02-08-2010 04:54 AM

Looks wonderful a great job.


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#15 posted 02-08-2010 06:36 PM

This is an amazing piece of work!

-- - Eric

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